Black Lives Matter - A Trust Statement

8 June 2020

A Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust statement on the Black Lives Matter movement from Paul Jenkins, our CEO, and Paul Burstow, our Chair. 

Black Children Playing

The killing of George Floyd is a stark reminder of just how far we are from achieving race equality. As an institution which prides itself in understanding trauma and its impact on mental health, we can plainly see how, in already difficult times, these latest events have caused further trauma, hurt and anger amongst BAME communities, about the lived experience of racism, injustice and structural discrimination both in America and in our own society.

As an organisation, we are taking action to tackle discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for BAME staff in the Trust. But there is still much to do. While there have been improvements to both processes to ensure fairness and in our efforts to genuinely listen, learn and have the difficult conversations, we recognise we still have a long way to go.

As a Board we are committed to inclusion, to creating the best possible environment for our BAME staff, students and patients, and continue to tackle structural discrimination to create genuine equality and to ensure that BAME staff and students are confident that they are valued and supported to fulfil their potential.

Race equality is everyone’s business and we wanted, at this time, to say very clearly that we recognise our own responsibilities to demonstrate its importance in our organisation.

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